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Copper Free Legislation Explained

EPA Copper-Free Brake Initiative  Click to Learn More

In March 2010, the Washington State has approved the Senate Bill 6557, Brake Friction Material- Restrictions on Use, which was effective on June 10, 2010 with a goal to restrict the use of Copper: 
1. Absolutely no asbestos, chromium, mercury, cadmium, or lead by January 1, 2015

2. Less than 5 wt% of Cu by January 1, 2021

3. Less than 0.5 wt% of Cu by January 1, 2023

In September 2010, the California State adopted the Senate Bill 346, Hazardous materials: motor vehicle brake friction materials, to monitor and control the amount of Copper in brake friction materials:
1. Less than 5 wt% of Cu by January 1, 2021

2. Less than 0.5 wt% of Cu by January 1, 2025


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PFC is already ahead of the movement, having released copper free pads through major automakers since 2006, and are readily available for OE production. Without sacrificing brake pad quality, PFC brake pads are the most eco-friendly on the market and contain no harmful substances.  

PFC Brakes Environmental PolicyPROP 65 Compliant

In addition to meeting all copper legislation regulations, CarbonMetallic® brake pads contain:
• No Antimony
• No Asbestos
• No Lead
• No Cadmium
• No Chromium
• No Potassium Titanate




This procedure applies to the Management Team and all supporting personnel at Performance Friction Corporation.  All Performance Friction Corporation employees, temporary employees, and contractors are a part of the PFC Environmental Management System. It is their responsibility to monitor, update and manage the system to align with changing needs, compliance requirements, and to address any internal or external issues as they arise. Performance Friction Corporation is associated with the design and manufacture of original equipment, aftermarket disc brake pads, disc brake rotors, and calipers located at 83 Carbon Metallic Hwy Clover, SC



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